February 2023

Dear friends, 
The upside of all this snow we’re having out West is that there are many wintry days perfect for staying inside with a book. In this newsletter, I share recent news about my book Cockeyed Happy—and more book news with my friend Marco Mastrorilli’s new Ernest Hemingway release written in Italian, as well as Colorado Homes & Lifestyles book picks.

Snowy mornings are great for writing too, and I’m making progress on my next book. I can’t say too much here because I’m superstitious, like Hemingway, but I’ll keep you posted on my progress.



NOW SERVING I’m excited to announce that after a year in hardcover, Cockeyed Happy has been released in paperback by Chicago Review Press, available through your favorite bookselling source (also available in eBook, for those who prefer a handy digital read). The trade paperback isn’t exactly pocket-size, but it’s definitely lighter and more flexible for those who want to stow it in a backpack or suitcase for summer travels – maybe for a Wyoming road trip following Ernest and Pauline’s path across the state! I’m grateful to all of you who have helped Cockeyed Happy’s success – in fact, I was excited to hear from Sheridan, Wyoming, bookseller extraordinaire Jessica Bohnsack, that it was one of her shop’s bestsellers for 2022, making her Sheridan Stationery Books’ annual “Best of the West” list.


AU NATUREL You may remember me mentioning before my unlikely pen pal, Italian award-winning author and world-famous ornithologist owl expert, Marco Mastrorilli. We connected when Marco reached out via email over our shared passion for everything Hemingway, and now I want to congratulate him on his own just-released new Hemingway book, which fittingly explores Hemingway’s connection to nature across various aspects of his life and work (though some of us, less adept at languages than Marco, are waiting for the English version). If you speak Italian – or want to explore YouTube subtitles – check out his YouTube channel, “Passione Hemingway,” where he delves into various aspects of Hemingway’s time spent in Europe, Italian landmarks devoted to the author (there are many!), and selections from Marco’s extensive library of books by and about Hemingway.


SIX PACK We’ve had plenty of cold and snow this winter in the Mountain West, perfect for cozying up with a good book! Colorado Homes & Lifestyles agrees, sharing some favorite local-writer picks in its “6 Books by Colorado Authors to Read by the Fire.” The thoughtful suggestions offer something for everyone, ranging from a historical novel about an 1880s midwife accused of murder in a Colorado mining town by bestselling New York Times author Sandra Dallas, to a surprising sci-fi thriller starring a family-man physicist who wakes up in an alternate version of his own life that NPR calls “a fast, tasty read with a killer twist” – to my own nonfiction tale of Hemingway’s Wild West Wyoming travels and ultimately doomed love affair-turned-marriage to Pauline Pfeiffer.

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Past Newsletters

"Cockeyed Happy" August 2022 Newsletter

As we enter August, I’m looking back on the recent events for Cockeyed Happy at the International Hemingway Society Conference in Sheridan and the Paris-style “salon” held in Denver at Integral Thread. Thought you’d enjoy seeing the photos!

"Cockeyed Happy" June 2022 Newsletter

Sheridan, Wyoming, is the place where Ernest Hemingway began his love affair with Wyoming—“cockeyed wonderful country,” he called it. Recently I’ve participated in two events in, and near, Sheridan...

"Cockeyed Happy" April 2022 Newsletter

Happy Spring! It’s fantastic to be attending events in person again, and I’ve met many new friends at readings, book clubs and through email. Recently a book club in Denver hosted me in person to discuss Cockeyed Happy and I Zoomed with a lively Tennessee book club who came prepared with a list of excellent questions.

"Cockeyed Happy" January 2022 Newsletter

Happy 2022! Exactly a century ago, in January 1922, Ernest Hemingway and Hadley, his first wife, moved into their first Paris apartment on Rue du Cardinal Lemoine—and his path as an expat writer in Paris began.

"Cockeyed Happy" Holiday Edition 2021 Newsletter

During this festive season, I’d like to express my heartfelt gratitude, to new friends and old, for the support you’ve given Cockeyed Happy. In this newsletter, you’ll find some holiday gift ideas and a story about Pauline and Ernest on safari at Christmas, along with a bit of self-promotion (sorry!).

"Cockeyed Happy" November 2021 Newsletter

Thank you for the emails you’ve sent regarding Cockeyed Happy! It has been delightful to hear from old and new friends, and to hear your thoughts and comments about Ernest, Pauline and Wyoming.